Coronavirus-affected wedding ceremony firms can apply for a one-time grant of £ 25,000 this week

Coronavirus-affected wedding companies can apply for a one-time grant of £ 25,000 this week

A £ 25 million fund to support the wedding sector and its supply chain will open for applications this week.

In recognition of the ongoing challenges the industry is facing, a further £ 10m has been added to the £ 15m announced in December.

The fund launches on Thursday January 28th and will provide one-time grants of up to £ 25,000 to eligible businesses in the coronavirus pandemic affected sector, including wedding venues, photographers, caterers and suppliers.

The fund is managed regionally by the three Scottish corporate agencies – South of Scotland Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

The £ 25 million fund is managed regionally by the three Scottish corporate agencies

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Treasury Secretary Kate Forbes said, “This £ 25m fund will ensure that one-time grants of up to £ 25,000 are received by eligible companies as quickly as possible. There is no equivalent fund in other parts of the UK.

“The pandemic has had a serious impact on the Scottish wedding sector and we know that the current restrictions, which are well necessary to our fight against Covid-19, continue to weigh on the sector. I encourage anyone who thinks they are eligible to learn more about applying. We want to help as many companies as possible survive this pandemic. ”

Companies wishing to apply for a one-time grant of up to £ 25.00 must be in one of the following sectors:

  • Venues

  • Videographers

  • Photographers

  • Marquee rental (including tipi)

  • Wedding attire

  • Florists & Event Stylists

  • Caterer

  • cake

  • Transport (excluding taxis)

  • Event accessories (cater rental, decorative items)

  • Hairdressers & make-up artists (not mobile)

  • Entertainment (band, DJ, piper, string quartet)

  • Jewelry designer / maker / seller

  • Wedding exhibitions / events

  • Wedding publications or listing pages

  • Wedding stationery

  • Other specialized niche suppliers (photo booth, event nannies, event planners, etc.)

Scottish Wedding Industry Alliance (SWIA) co-founder Caroline Inchyra said the outcome “will give new hope to the many companies that have not been able to operate in a viable manner for nearly a year”.

Professor Russel Griggs OBE, Chairman of South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE) said: “This fund is designed to support those companies whose main income comes from the wedding sector. The industry supports a significant number of jobs. In 2019 Scotland will host over 26,000 weddings and civil partnerships.

“The wedding industry is particularly important to the south of Scotland, which hosted almost 5,000 ceremonies in 2019 – more than 18 percent of the national total – and Gretna Green is one of the most famous wedding venues in the world.”

For more information, see Find Business Support.